Stereo Embers The Podcast: Dave Monks (Tokyo Police Club)

Written by on 12/01/2021

“I’ve Always Wanted To Be Me”

You might know Dave Monks from his work with his band Tokyo Police Club. Since 2005 The Canadian-bred TPC have been one of the most exciting indie rock outfits around, putting out winning albums like Champ and Elephant Shell. They played on Letterman and Craig Ferguson played festivals like Outside Lands, Lollapalooza and Coachella and though the beloved Juno-nominated band are still an ongoing proposition so is Monks’ solo career. His sophomore album I’ve Always Wanted To Be Me is a nervy blast of life-affirming indie rock that’s big and crunchy, hook filled and catchy—but it’s also lyrically direct and emotionally vulnerable, making it one of the most memorable albums of the year. In this equally memorable chat, Monks talks to Alex about being competitive, the benefits of having a partner who’s also in the music business and the changing shapes of his daily practice.

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